Included in Middle District’s purpose statement is our desire to “strengthen churches”. If your particular need is not represented on this list below, please contact the Middle District office and we will do our best to help.
Through prayer and planning your church can “re-dream your dream” for ministry. Many styles of planning are available. The Executive Director can help your church leadership decide what is the best approach in discerning God’s direction for your congregation’s future. One of the most effective approaches available is Middle District’s “Fellowship of Transitioning Churches,” which is a “turn-around” strategy that is a 12 – 18 month process.
Many churches consider a series of worship services with a preacher as their primary tool for revival. However, other approaches have also been used by God to significantly impact congregational life. Church-wide studies, lay renewal weekends, small group studies are other ways that God has blessed His church in recent years. The Executive Director will be happy to discuss ideas and resources that might best fit your church at this time in its spiritual development.
To effectively reach your community for Christ, it is important to know the make-up and diversity of your community . The Executive Director can help provide demographic studies and other resources that will give you key insight into the changing nature of your neighborhood.
Growth / Sunday School Consultation
Many programs and opportunities for training are available to churches wishing to explore effective methods of growth. One of the most current and popular, Transformational Church, can be provided through Middle District can recommend trainers / consultants who will come to your church. Likewise training resources and personnel are available to your church as well as training material in the MDBA resource library.
Every church has conflict. But few leaders know how to deal with that conflict in a healthy, productive way. When conflict becomes significant, the question is how to work through disagreements and different viewpoints to preserve or restore the unity of the church and facilitate its growth and ministry. Talk to Dr. Hamacher who will help you consider what are the best next steps in the life of the church.
Personal – Professional Coaching for Ministers
Sometimes a person can benefit from guidance beyond attending a seminar or reading a book. Personal coaching is available to Middle District ministry leaders, both lay and ordained.
Marriage Enrichment speakers and retreat leaders are available to you through Middle District. Also videos and books for your retreat or small group seminar can be found in our media library and website resource page.
The Executive Director keeps a list of speakers who are available to minister in your church. In an attempt to provide the best service to your congregation, Dr. Hamacher will be happy to talk with you about your needs and suggest persons who speak in absence of the pastor.
Middle District does not ordain individuals to the gospel ministry. The local church ordains. However, if a church wishes guidance in this process, the Middle District is here to serve. MDBA can gather a group of mature Christians (an ordination council) to help your church discern the call of God on a person’s life and consistency with historical Baptist doctrine and distinctive. Contact Dr. Hamacher for additional information.